Winter Trees is a beautifully presented book, written by Carole Gerber and illustrated by Leslie Evans. Filled with a lovely poem, featuring a quaint concept, and of course a cute dog and his boy, this title is great for reading while snuggled up with the little ones and letting the snow come on down outside.
A boy and his dog take a simple walk through the wood, learning about different trees as they crunch through the snow.
"The sugar maple's bark is gray. It's twigs are brown. It's buds are stout, with clawlike tips that in the spring will burst to shoot new green leaves out." (10)
Beech trees provide the perfect supplies for creating a snowman and the tall, yellow poplars are great for feeding the deer, looking for food during the winter.
The book reads like one big poem, with each page being it's own stanza. The last page describes each tree mentioned with greater detail, allowing for learning to take place during the reading of the book as well.
A very quiet, peaceful book is really what Winter Trees is, giving parents/librarians a nice setup to make a winter project or teach about different trees found in the forest. After reading, take the kids for a nature walk and have them participate in the same activities the boy and his dog did...make snow angels and snowmen, gather pine cones and maple syrup, or just look for animal tracks.
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